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Solar activity in the summer of 2018 fell to zero and even large groups of spots that appear on the solar disk, is no longer able to manufacture outbreaks, say Russian scientists. These findings confirm the current observations one of the largest active regions this year, the appearance of which on the visible side of the solar disk is not yet even led to a slight increase in solar radiation flux. "As the Sun now matches the expected and changing in full accordance with the models of the 11-year cycle. In particular, all solar magnetic fields at the moment are concentrated near the equator. Here, at near-zero solar latitude are all appearing from time to time of the active region. At the time of the sun coming out of "hibernation" new magnetic field should...

The European space Agency (ESA) reports that the ozone hole over Antarctica was closed. These data were obtained in a study done with the help of the spacecraft Sentinel-5P. The Agency added that the hole was gone back in November 2017, however, the probability that in the future it is formed again. "First images of the ozone programmes Copernicus Sentinel-5P show the closure of the ozone hole over the South pole in November 2017," - said in a statement on the ESA website. However, currently, a staff of the Agency, there are only raw data. Scientists will continue to study this phenomenon in the region. The ozone hole is one of the most serious threats to ecosystems. So, the ozone layer is a shield that protects living organisms from ultraviolet radiation...

Scientists Binghamton University in the US found that a lack of daylight can exacerbate the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In particular, in high latitudes, where during the year, more cloudy days and less sunlight, the disease is more widespread. About it reported in a press release on EurekAlert!. Obsessive compulsive disorder is a mental illness in which patients have Intrusive, disturbing or frightening thoughts (obsessions) that they try to get rid of the repetitive ritual actions (compulsive). the researchers analyzed data on the prevalence of OCD in the various regions and find out in what latitudes the disease is most prevalent. According to scientists, in the Northern latitudes, less sunlight leads to misalignment of circadian...

Long-term episodes of heat not only negatively affect the health of the elderly, but also on cognitive ability all categories of the population, including children and youth, say scientists in an article published in the journal PLoS Medicine. "Most of such studies focused on the observations of the health of older people and other vulnerable groups of the population, which creates the impression that the heat waves in General have little effect on the lives of other people. We checked whether this is so, observing the students in one of the dorms of Boston during a similar episode," said Jose Cedeno-Laurent (Jose Cedeno-Laurent) from Harvard University (USA). One of the consequences of global warming are considered to be the so-called "extreme weather...

Green is not a normal color for the clouds and clouds; unusual coloration is always caused by an outside cause. The most harmless are the experiences of climate scientists. Worse, when green clouds are painted after the dust mixed with the pollen of trees, rises up: this means a high concentration of allergenic substances in the air. And finally, another explanation could be a greater saturation of clouds with water. The absorption of reddish sunlight blue water gives a green tint, and in the event of an imminent severe thunderstorm. In some parts of the U.S. simultaneously with the green clouds also come in a tornado. One of the most destructive of such phenomena occurred in Michigan in 1980, earning the name Storm Green — "Green storm". the storm chaser...

To the active volcano Ijen (Gunung Ijen) located in East Java (Indonesia) it is best to come late in the evening or in the dead of night. A beautiful day here, but little remarkable place with sulphurous lake, whose waters cast a pleasant turquoise color. And the activity of the volcano the view is no different from other volcanoes streams of smoke out of the ground and the red lava. it is Also the day you can watch both of volcanic rock the locals are manually extracted sulphur and are baskets with rocks on the path length over 3 km from the volcano to the processing plant. The real show here begins with the onset of darkness. The thing is that in one of the craters of the volcano is a rare and unusual natural phenomenon, the exit surface of volcanic gases...

Ancient breed, the age of about 2.45 billion years contain traces of the oxygen catastrophe of global climate change. It is believed that they are associated with the occurrence of photosynthesis, which led to the emergence of free oxygen, which changed the face of the planet. However, for hundreds of millions of years before this event the oxygen level on Earth has been raised — and dropped again. this group of professors of the University of Washington Roger Buick (Roger Buick) writes in an article published in the journal PNAS. "The process of formation and decay of oxygen molecules in the oceans and the atmosphere for a long time was like a war with no obvious winner until the oxygen catastrophe, says one of the authors Matt Koehler (Matt Koehler...

Dozens, if not hundreds of people were killed and another 2 million were forced to leave their homes after record rains flooded the South-Western Japan, causing widespread flooding and catastrophic landslides. Authorities said 85 people died, 6 are in critical condition and at least 58 were missing, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK. "Record rainfall in different parts of the country has forced rivers to burst their banks and caused large-scale flooding and landslides in several districts," said Sunday the Cabinet Secretary Suga of Yoshihide. Hundreds of homes were destroyed or damaged. There were eight prefectures, including Kyoto and Hiroshima. "I went to my dad's house, but it was hopeless," said one person. "We were hoping to find two people, but...

This summer is one of the hottest in history; from all over the world come messages of absolute temperature records, from the hottest temperatures in summer until the hottest nights. Records are inspiring (as the jump of the robot), simply beautiful (as the longest rainbow), and there are alarming — for example, associated with global warming. We have become accustomed to the fact that every month the average temperature on the planet has a record of the same month of the previous year, and this year seems to be no escape from the absolute temperature records — wherever you go, will be under some heat dome. last week, the temperature records were registered in many localities in the Northern hemisphere, from Canada to the Middle East. In Quebec from the...

Currently, in the area of Malpensa grows a huge crack, which has already swallowed up part of the street and a few houses to the North. Geologists say that the earth is very unstable, and the crack is widening. The Ministry of national defense activated the plan DN-III. Growing crack already ruined some of the house and even touched the area beneath the train tracks that could lead to disaster. People who have lost their homes were relocated to temporary shelters. Geologists have even suggested to evacuate all the inhabitants in a more remote area, as the land is quite unstable. Although some geologists suggest that this was a result of the rains, but most experts believe that the rains are here and. And cite the example of Kenya, where a similar scenario...

The Night of the 27th of June was the hottest in the entire history of observations in the world. 26 June Kiryati (Oman) was very hot: the temperature rose up to +50 °C. This is hot, but not that unusual for Oman. However, at night the temperature dropped to only +42,6 °C, which is the highest night temperature in the world. the Previous record of this kind was installed also in Oman: June 27, 2011, the night temperature in Khasab airport was +41,9 °C, according to LiveScience. According to experts, a new temperature record was set due to air masses of high pressure over the Arabian Peninsula, which does not let the moist winds from the Indian ocean and prevents cooling. The hottest day was recorded also in Arabia, in July 2016 in Kuwait — +54 °C...

A Team of scientists from the U.S. and the Netherlands announced new temperature records set in Antarctica. As noted in the article, published on the website of the journal Geophysical Research Letters, covering the period from 2004 to 2016, scientists were able to fix about a hundred cases, when the temperature in the Eastern part of the continent fell to minus 98 degrees Celsius. Primarily, the researchers note that such temperature anomalies were observed in small depressions in the periods of dry and cloudless weather. Data on temperature records were obtained through satellite observation. Previously the coldest place in the world was considered the station "Vostok" on the 23rd of July 1983 was recorded temperature of minus 89.2 degrees Celsius. RIA...

In the Northern part of the Barents sea observed abrupt climate change, according to Norwegian scientists. The researchers ' findings published in the scientific journal Natural Climate Change. According to experts, the Arctic climate in the region may soon change to a warmer, inherent in the Atlantic climate system. it is Noted that mainly this contributes to the low level of freshwater input, which receives the Barents sea in the process of melting ice. The Barents sea can be divided into two parts with different climatic conditions: the cold North and the softer South. The Northern part of the ecosystem depends on the ice cover. Under normal climatic cycle of ice cover melts, saturating the sea with fresh water, which again forms a winter ice cover...

Climatic conditions in the Central part of Russia was extremely unstable and changeable in the last four thousand years, which may explain the wealth of history of our country, say scientists in an article published in the journal Quaternary International. "We summarized the data we collected in archaeological sites in different natural zones of the Russian plain. For several thousand years this area was characterized by significant climate variations: cold epochs alternated with warm, dry — humid. This cadence resulted in a transformation of the whole complex of natural conditions, including soil," says Alexander Makeev, Moscow state University named after Lomonosov. To the end of the last glacial period, most of the European and the Asian part of Russia...

American researchers from the Mayo clinic revealed an approximate prevalence of delusional infestation among the population of the Earth. According to scientists ' estimates, from a mysterious illness in which there is the presence of foreign organisms in the body, may suffer about two million people across the globe. The article was published in the journal JAMA Dermatology. Delusional infestation, or Morgellons disease (eng. Morgellons), is a disorder of unknown etiology, in which people mistakenly believe that their body is inhabited by various parasites or non-living pathogens (e.g., fibers). Patients tend to reject the results of tests showing that they are not infected, and refuse psychiatric examination. According to epidemiologists, the incidence of...